The public is invited to a ceremony for the unveiling and dedication of the new Vietnam Memorial Monument as well as to honor all Vietnam era veterans on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Veterans Affairs Vancouver Campus Vietnam Veterans Garden.
This new memorial will honor 59 Clark County military service members who were killed in Vietnam. Brass plaques inscribed with the 59 names have been mounted on stone monuments under the Huey helicopter. All Vietnam-era veterans will be recognized and honored at the event with a 50th Anniversary commemorative pin.
The keynote speaker will be Jerilyn Brusseau, a Goldstar sister and co-founder of PeaceTrees Vietnam. Jerilyn’s brother, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel B. Cheney, is one of the Clark County service members who was killed in Vietnam and listed on the new memorial. PeaceTrees sponsors demining and mine risk education, victim assistance, and community building projects, such as kindergartens and libraries, in partnership with the people of Quang Tri Province.
“Thanks to all the volunteers in our community who have made this memorial a reality. A character of a community is judged by how it remembers those who sacrifice for their country,” said CMAC co-chair, Larry J. Smith, Army colonel and Vietnam combat veteran.
A reception with light refreshments will start at 10:00 in the Vancouver VA campus gymnasium, adjacent to the Memorial Garden. Follow the signs to the event once you enter the campus at 1601 E. 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98663.
For more information, visit Community Military Appreciation Committee online.
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